The straw hats from Florence, known in Europe as chapeaux de paille d’Italie and in the world as “Leghorn hats”, are the remarkable production of the Signa community. The firms working in this sector are numerous and many of them can boast a hundred-year-old activity. Among them is also the Catarzi family company that in 2010 celebrated its 100th anniversary in the same place where it was founded. For this happy occasion the Museo della Paglia e dell’Intreccio joined in the celebrations by welcoming in the «Eventi» section of the «Testi e Studi» series, this volume published by the Catarzi family which retraces the history of the family and of their enterprise by setting it in the more general background of the history of artistic handicrafts. In the hundred-year span of its activity, the company, which has its seat in Via dei Colli, has put its fortune on a sound basis, employing generations of workers, and still continues to attract a very large clientele, in line with the vitality and production quality typical of the enterprises of our plain.
Introductions by Alberto Cristianini, Giampiero Fossi, Carla Guiducci Bonanni, Domizio Moretti.
Essays by Roberto Lunardi, Maria Emirena Tozzi Bellini.PDF format